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  • 1. EU politics, European politics
  • 2. Today – oralarguments
    2 groups
    Each group select 3 people to present an argument
    Preparetogether
    2x3 people will speak – max 20 minutes
    Whatyoursuggestedanswer is
    Main lines of argument
    Repliestotheotherside’sreasoning
  • 3. Outline – problemsin Europe
    Democracy deficit
    European identity
    EU’sfuture?
    Economicdevelopment
    Education
    Socialsituation
  • 4. Democracy deficit
    Institutional
    Identity
  • 5. European identity – what?
    European Union
    Common set of values
    Sense of belonging to the EU
    in addition to national identities
    Indirectly (unity in diversity)
    Citizenship
    European public sphere
  • 6. European identity – why?
    Functioning polity
    Legitimacy
    Low levels of attachment
    Weak political activity
  • 7. European identity – how?
    Different schools of thought
    Common points:
    democratic participation, more democracy
    education and culture 
    social and economic cohesion
    EU actions
    Europe for citizens programme
    Constitutional tools
    implement a common foreign and security policy

  • 8. CONSTITUTIONAL TOOLS FOR FOSTERING EUROPEAN IDENTITY – democraticparticipation
    Symbols of the European Union
    European Parliamentelections
    Referendums
    European Citizens’ Initiative
  • 9. Symbols
    9th of May Europe Day
    “United in diversity” is the motto of the European Union

    .eu TLD
    Anthem
    • Beethoven set to music the "Ode to Joy" written in 1785 by Friedrich von Schiller
    • 10. human race becoming brothers
  • EP elections
  • 11. Referendums
    1992 Denmark: no, France: yes, butsmallmargin
    2001 Ireland: no
    ConstitutionalTreaty
    2005: France, Netherlandsvote no
    Reform (Lisbon) Treaty
    2008: Irelandvotes no
  • 12. European citizens’ initiative
    Constitutionaltoolusedinseveralcountries
    IntheConstitutionalTreaty (I-47)
    InLisbon – TEU Provisionsondemocraticprinciples (Art. 11)
  • 13. Enlargement - Turkeyand the EU
    1987 applicationformembership
    2005 recognisedas a candidate country
    Conditionsforjoining:
    Democraticsystem
    Functioningmarket economy
    Adoptingtheacquiscommunautaire
  • 14. Issues of joining
    “too big, too poor, and too Muslim”
    Referendums
    Positive example for European Christian and Moslim cooperation
    Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • 15. Other candidates
    Croatia
    Iceland
    The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    Montenegro
    Albania
    Serbia
    Kosovo
  • 16. Reform of the EU
    6 membersto 27
    Supranationality
    Amendingtreaties, case-law
    ConstitutionalTreaty
    2005: France, Netherlandsvote no
    Reform (Lisbon) Treaty
    2008: Irelandvotesno
    Now adopted – needs to be applied
  • 17. Lack of understanding
    No information -> too much information?
    No chance for feedback, democratic participation
    Elite – citizen divisions
    Transparency, democracy not up to standard
    Eurojargon
    Political participation
  • 18. Where is the end of EU integration?
  • 19. Fortomorrow
    Preparetotalkaboutyourresearchonthe EU MemberStateyouchoseonthefirstweek
    Whichpictureshaveyouidentified
    WhyaretheyimportantfortheMemberStateinquestion
    Writeitupin maximum 1 page
    Email ittome

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